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    you will never find a racket that is perfect or perfect for you.

    If you find a racket that meets 70% of your requirement, it's a match made in heaven. Love it; Learn to adapt to it; and stick with it.

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    i thk prob wit human themselves too. on a good day, i wil play wit ns9900 while lousy day looking for at900p. if the done otber way, could disaster in making.

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    U need to train ur basics... a person with a heavy ancient racket can still beat a person with a vtzf or any expensive racket if he has good skills... rackets only give u 5 - 10% boost

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    Quote Originally Posted by visor View Post
    To add another dimension to the discussion, I'd suggest getting an accurate digital scale (200g +/- 0.01g, about $20 delivered from eBay) to keep track of your racket weights, bp and especially head wt. See my thread on how to measure head wt.

    Once you narrow down your preferred range then it's a matter of choosing shaft stiffness and whether you like box or aero cross section.

    Like many posters above, I had to go through about 20 rackets in the past 3 years before I finally found the right one.

    Now it's time to go thru different strings and tensions.
    How do you know it's the right one?

    Don't tell your wife I said that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung View Post
    How do you know it's the right one?

    Don't tell your wife I said that...
    Lol... touche!

    She's my one and only...
    my go-to racket that is...
    Last edited by visor; 08-06-2013 at 04:19 AM.

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    Well, like visor said before, the life is all about compromises.
    If you want decent power, The defence can suffer. I agree with Calvin. Training is the key to tame most rackets. If your technique is decent, you are able to adjust to most rackets. Sometimes Badmintonplayers are like junkies who are looking permantly for the next and better "Kick". After trying around 20 different rackets before I switched to MX80(3U) and trying around 20 rackets after my switch I decided that the MX80(3U) is the love of my life. I will need no other racket or an improvement. I realized it's "my" racket.

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    Hahha i am using mx60(3u)... Pretty good ...so far my favourite racket... But I still use my heavy training racket to improve my gameplay...

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    Lots of valid points made above.

    I think a lot is to do with realising that there is no such thing as a 100% perfect racquet. There will always be something more we want from a racquet - just as professionals will change racquets from time to time.

    As other have suggested, to close the gap, you're better off looking to improve yourself instead.

    I'm a huge fan of the old racquets and possess quite a large number of old racquets, but even I have to confess that they are not good enough against good players. The cab 20 was and still is good (cab 21 better for doubles imo), but compared to modern racquets against good players, they're not quite up to the mark now.

    As recreational/club players it probably doesn't matter so much, but if you're a serious competition player, there's little value in going back to the oldies imo.

    I agree that the LYD is a little too HH, but as victor racquets do vary in BP, there may be some LYDs that have a significantly lower BP. The LYD was one of my go-to racquets, but I did find that my defence suffered against strong players despite having a strong wrist/forearm. This was simply because it was too HH.

    I recently moved to a BS10 which I have to say is better suited for my game. With most racquets, it's usually a compromise between balance and power. Too HL and you lose power, too HH and you lose speed.

    Strangely and surprisingly, I did not find this with the BS10 so much.

    It is a lot headlighter and faster than the LYD but I can still thunder down the smashes from the rear court as before. Power is not as easy to come by as the LYD, and I find I have to swing a tad faster, but the power is definitely there. If you like the LYD and found it too HH and slow for maneouvring, I would strongly suggest you try the BS10. I may be ordering another myself as a spare but want to play with it a few more time to be sure it is the right one for me.

    The 8DX is another of my go-to racquets. You do need to be very strong to be able to get power from it but it really excels in all other areas. My shoulder problems have come back recently and so the stiff 8DX will have to sit on the reserve bench for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post
    I have tried a lot of different rackets over the past 3 years and none of them feel right. They are either too head heavy, too stiff, too flexible, too light, not enough shock absorption, too much shock absorption, the weight in the wrong place....you get the picture.

    I have just bought the new LYD and found it too HH so lunging shots or shots where I have to move the racket head quickly from a standing start are too slow. I have been using the MX80 4U which I liked but lacked a bit of power. I have also the SW35 which is not providing me with anything special. I tried the Lining N55ii and found that too flexible, the VT80 which was too flexible and too HH, the 8DX which was too stiff for a even balanced racket, the Carbonex 25 SP which was very nice for its time.

    I guess what I am looking for is a fast responsive racket which gives a bit of power, enough but not too much shock absorption, not too flexy and not too stiff. I play mixed and mens, prefer the quick forecourt play but also find myself at the back of the court.

    What would you recommend BC?
    I too changed lots of rackets driven by the desire to find the ideal one . The problem is - as it was already mentioned here - you need quite a lot of time to truly adapt to a new racket. We're talking months of continuous use... Adapting your timing, flex and head weight characteristics may be relatively strait forward but I believe there's a much deeper level of "bonding".

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    Of course, the racket manufacturers want you to buy 20 rackets in 3 years.

    Don't be fooled by them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post

    I have tried a lot of different rackets over the past 3 years and none of them feel right. They are either too head heavy, too stiff, too flexible, too light, not enough shock absorption, too much shock absorption, the weight in the wrong place....you get the picture.

    ...what I am looking for is a fast responsive racket which gives a bit of power, enough but not too much shock absorption, not too flexy and not too stiff...

    What would you recommend BC?
    Hm... If that is the case, will you consider improving your skill to a higher level?

    Sometimes it is not the racket which gives you the "power". I believe all skilled badminton player can use any rackets to play with great power, precision and speed. The different in flex, balance is made to suit different types of player.

    Or if your are very skilled, just like the other says, it takes time to adapt to yr rackets, or why not just analyse your playing style first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sychong95 View Post
    Hm... If that is the case, will you consider improving your skill to a higher level?

    Sometimes it is not the racket which gives you the "power". I believe all skilled badminton player can use any rackets to play with great power, precision and speed. The different in flex, balance is made to suit different types of player.

    Or if your are very skilled, just like the other says, it takes time to adapt to yr rackets, or why not just analyse your playing style first.
    I agree in part but I am struggling with the speed of the head under pressure situations, I am 40 so no longer as quick as I was plus HH rackets dont suit my style of play. I bet if you gave some pros different rackets they wouldnt like it.

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    Well if u say so, I do believe yonex nanospeed or nanoray series would suit u due to the head light balance.

    Stiff rackets like ns9900 and nr 800 are great double rackets.

    Arcsaber series are great too, even balance rackets like arc 11 or arc z slash, which are flexible than arc 8DX, and stiffer than arc 7.

    there will be a new NR racket coming out on the 22/8, not sure its condition, but it is advertise to be lightning fast, and with great power, breaking another world record.

    But I do think you might be to "perfectionist" (no offence, just an opinion )

    All types of rackets does have its drawbacks:
    Light head balance vs HH Balance --> Speed vs Power
    4U vs 3U --> Speed vs Power ("MX80 4U which I liked but lacked a bit of power")
    Flex vs Stiff --> repulsion vs control (MX 80 is stiff, lacks repulsion which has relationship to power)

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    But I do wonder... if u say VT80 is too flexible...

    I think you will be considering ns9900 and nr800.

    arc 11 and arc z slash hav similar flex with VT80. But they are fast and have more power compared to ns and nr series.

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    Why not try borrowing friends' rackets to try out for a while? Just try as many as possible. You might hav a chance finding a racket you really like!

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    So in theory my racket would be an even balanced, slightly flexible, 3U?

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    Quote Originally Posted by diverdan View Post
    So in theory my racket would be an even balanced, slightly flexible, 3U?
    Pretty much that should do it if u prefer speed to power. If you feel u need to be quicker then go to HL n vice versa.

    I am almost 50 n now playing doubles 95% of the time but speed/defense is my forte so my favorite rackets are a bit HH to compensate my lack of power in smashes. Especially I trained the old school of rackets swinging techniques (30+ years ago played singles in Singapore National level) so cannot optimize my swings to HL rackets. As for shaft stiffness I also favors medium-medium stiff, they help in "whipping" and we are too old for real stiff shaft.

    Just my 2 cents

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